Ridykeulous Exhibition Poster A2Nottingham Contemporary
A2 digital inkjet print poster.
Released to mark the opening of Ridykeulous, Ridykes’ Cavern of Fine Inverted Wines and Deviant Videos, continuing the institution’s lineage of ambitious artist-curated exhibitions. Focused on queer and feminist art, Ridykeulous is a curatorial initiative led by the internationally renowned American artists Nicole Eisenman and A.L. Steiner, joined here by guest dyke Sam Roeck. Since Ridykeulous’ establishment in 2005, collaborative curatorial practice has formed an important – if under-recognised – part of their respective creative outputs.
Ridykes’ Cavern of Fine Inverted Wines and Deviant Videos features the work of over 30 “très gay” contemporary visual artists working across film, video installation, sculpture and performance. Within this deeply non-binaried proposition, Ridykeulous deploys their signature use of humour and subversion of language to critique the art world and heteropatriarchal culture at large. “Humour is not just a tool,” Ridykeulous explains, “it’s also a survival technique.” Playfully proposing queer fabulosity as a critical intervention in the capitalist spectacle, the exhibition seeks to erode the secondary positioning of LGBTQ+ art and artists as “alternative”.